About Ski Pass Options in Meribel
There are a number of different ski passes available in Meribel. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Meribel ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
You can buy your Meribel-Mottaret or Meribel passes online but before you buy anything we recommend you check the weather forecasts on arrival, or speak to your accommodation provider who should be able to advise you of the best options - before you spend money on the wrong kind of pass for you or if the weather will be inclement.
There are two main types of 'Meribel Ski Area' passes AND two lift-companies, depending on whether you are stay in Meribel-Mottaret or Meribel - 3 Valleys Pass - Full Area Pass, whilst more expensive is more comprehensive and covers the whole domain including Courchevel & Val Thorens or Meribel Valley Pass - Local Area Pass, covers the whole of Meribel but no further. Probably the best option for beginners, unless you're with adventurous friends and family and you'll want to meet for lunch etc. in other valleys.
Buying on line means that you can head straight to the slopes as soon as you arrive in resort. And you can recharge your pass (3€ initially to get the card) as often as you like on the Internet. Plus there's no need to panic if you lose your pass or it is stolen: It is insured as long as you have your purchase receipt. Go to one of the lift offices with your proof of purchase and your pass will be replaced for a fee of only 10 euros.
Full area skipass
The 3 Valleys is the largest linked ski area in the world and anyone of intermediate ability and above usually takes advantage of the full area pass. It offers unlimited access to 180 lifts, 600kms of piste and 8 resorts: Meribel/Mottaret, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires/St Martin, Orelle and Brides Les Bains.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Meribel
Local area skipass
The decision whether to buy a Meribel or Three Valley lift pass really depends on your skiing level and how much you want to ski. Here are a few pointers to help you choose:
The Meribel Valley is situated at the heart of the 3 Valley’s skiing area and has 150km of piste in its own right. If you are a complete beginner or have 1-2 weeks of skiing or boarding experience, you will probably find that the Meribel Valley pass has more than enough to keep you challenged and entertained during your stay. Alternatively, if you don’t plan on skiing hard all day, every day, this local area pass will also suit you, and remember, passes of 2 days + can be upgraded on a daily basis to include the whole of the 3 Valley area. There is also a 3 hour Meribel Valley pass, valid for 3 consecutive hours of skiing starting any time.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Meribel
In Meribel you have access to the DC Area 43 park and the moon park with either a local area or a 3 Valleys pass, whereas the 3 Valleys pass also includes the family park in Courchevel, plus 2 more snowparks in Val Thorens and Les Menuires.
Also see: Snowparks in Meribel
If you are skiing “en famille” then the Family Pass option offers around 20% discount on 6-21 day or season passes for two adults and two, three or four children under 18 (from the same family) when you buy all your passes at the same time - under 5s ski for free!
Proof of age will be required and each member of the family will have their own hands free pass.
Depending on where you are staying, there is a Meribel or Meribel-Mottaret version of the pass and it is available for either the Meribel Valley only or for the full 3 Valley area, at all times of the season.
There is also a 20% discount offered off the adult prices for children aged 5-13 years.
In addition, there are several free lifts for beginners in the valley. In Meribel they are Loupiot, Cotes drag lift (at le Rond Point) Altiport drag and Fontany telecord. In Mottaret you will find the Doron and Sitelle drag lifts as well as the Telecorde and Chalets gondolas (also for pedestrians). NB not all of these are marked on the lift map.
Even if some of the family are non-skiers, you can still use the lift system - the views from the top are quite spectacular! Make sure you wrap up very warm in winter and take extra layers even in summer - there's a reason why the snow doesn't melt up there!
There's also a family pass available, where everyone pays the child tariff. Available for 2 adults and 2-7 children aged under 18. Same duration (6 days or more) and same ski area for all members of the family.
Le Pass Tribu is a great new deal for 3 or more people in a group of either families or friends. You save money by buying as a group. Buy together and save 15€ on a 6-day 3 Valleys pass. Same duration (6 days or more), same ski area (3 Valleys or Méribel Valley) for all skiers. One payment per group.
Most beginners will buy a Méribel Valley lift pass which covers 150km of piste but also gives the option of buying a one-day extension to the rest of the Three Valleys. Another alternative for beginners is to buy a pass which covers approximately half of the Meribel valley and is slightly cheaper than the full Meribel Valley pass. If you are staying in Mottaret you will buy a Mottaret Pass, and if you are staying in Meribel, you will buy the Meribel Alpina pass.
An even smaller area of the Meribel Valley is covered by the Mini-pass. Complete beginners who want to save money might consider using the free beginner lifts for the first day or so, and then progress to buying a Mini-pass which give access to a limited number of the gentler slopes in Meribel & Mottaret. The disadvantage of this is that you will need to queue up each day to buy your day pass, and if you are in ski school lessons, your instructor may decide to take the group to another area which is not covered by your pass. It is generally easier to buy a week-long pass.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Meribel
Under 5's and over 75's can use the lifts for free, whether on foot or on skis in the 3 valleys.
If you visit Meribel in the first 2 or the very last week of the season, you will benefit from reduced rates on your lift pass. However, depending on snowfall, this is usually accompanied by a reduced ski area.
Not everyone comes to Meribel to ski, and when there are such beautiful panoramas to take in and cosy mountain restaurants to enjoy, we can understand why! Pedestrian rates are available for 1-21 day duration lift passes, one-way trips or you can buy a season ticket. Take a look at all of the pedestrian lifts available in the 3 Valleys. These passes can only be bought at one of the Ski Pass Offices.
Also see: Maps of Meribel
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
Cross country ski trails are free to use and you can pick up a guide booklet and map from the Tourist Offices to show you where they are. The pistes are maintained each night and walkers are requested not to use the marked trails across the whole of the Three Valleys.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Meribel
Season & annual passes
Season and annual passes vary in price depending on how early you buy them, your age, and if you're in a couple, a trio or a family. Photos are required for all annual and season passes.
3 Vallées Liberté
If you are a regular skier in Meribel and the 3 Valleys then the 3 Vallées Liberté card may be of interest to you. Anyone that skis at least 8 (non-consecutive) days a season can benefit from the total freedom to ski whenever they want without having to pass by the ticket office each time. Payment is debited directly from your bank account after you have enjoyed your day on the slopes and you can check your account on-line anytime. The more you ski, the greater the reductions you can accumulate (10% - 20%) and on your 9th ski day is free (then every 6 days). Furthermore every Saturday get 20% off the daily 3 Valleys rate.